What is Public Opinion?
Public opinion is an aggregation of the collective ideas of the public regarding social, economic, and political matters. The term 'public opinion' was coined by John Locke in the 17th century, although the idea of a 'public opinion' is older than that. The concept of 'voice of the people' or 'Vox populi' is an ancient Latin concept.
An opinion is not necessarily backed by a fact, as it is more of an expression of one's feelings towards something. Therefore, public opinion is the collective expression of people's feelings towards the government and its policies. Public opinion holds enough power to topple a government or make one stay for many years on the condition that it is heard and respected.